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What a turn-off

india Updated: Mar 29, 2009 21:28 IST

What is this Earth Hour that everyone has been talking about?
You mean you did not observe it on Saturday?

Well, I just heard somebody talking about it.

It’s a global event observed annually on the last Saturday of March. Everyone turns off the lights for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to act on climate change. More than 2,100 cities participated in it this year. You can follow it next year now.

So that’s what we used to do in the 80s — conserve energy when the power went out for hours on end. Anyway, I had to watch my favourite soap on TV.

OK, so don’t come running to me when the world is drowned and choked.

You mean you will be safe in all that mess once it happens? It’s people like you who’ll ruin our cities.
And how is that, pray?

In a country like ours, an hour of total darkness means people ramming their cars into someone else’s, potholes welcoming new visitors and lecherous neighbours becoming invisible.

And by turning lights on all the while how will that help?
Who said anything about turning them on all the time? [Pointing upwards] The streetlights are on and it’s

Do say: Let there be light.
Don’t say: That’s my foot you are scratching.